UPDATE: (Tuesday, July 7, 2020)

Currently the grounds at The Kemp will be open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm. The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

We are open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

SUMMER CLASSES and CAMPS are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the “Education” menu tab above!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for all the latest news!

July 10th

Whether it's disposable, printed, cute or utilitarian, we kindly ask that you wear your mask upon entering our two buildings. Kids attending art classes or ArtZeum are required to wear them if they are age 10 and up, along with all teachers, volunteers and staff.

We have a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routine throughout the buildings and strive to keep every surface safe for our guests.

Thank you for your understanding and we greatly appreciate everyone who visits and supports us during this time!
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July 9th

Have you started to brainstorm or work on your 2020 Mystery Art submission? We love seeing all varieties of art coming from all skill levels and ages. Check out Emily Fossum's Art, who won Best In Show last year!

🔍 artscouncilwf.org/mystery-art-festStarting to brainstorm for this years Mystery Art at the Kemp Center for the Arts. It’s my favourite event they do, and last year I was honored to win BEST IN SHOW! I don’t know how to top that... anyone have ideas for what I should draw this year?? 2019’s photo was from @kentwellhall which does amazing Tudor days, so inspiring to see all the costumes in an amazing manor!
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#emilyfossumart #drawing #blackandwhiteart #commissioneddrawing #commissionedportrait #portraitdrawing #commissionedart #art #artistsoninstagram #fineart #sketch #realism #traditionalart #charcoals #blackandwhitecharcoal #charcoalportrait #strathmore #generalcharcoals #representationalart #womenwhodraw #kentwellhall #kempcenterforthearts #artscouncilwf #tudorcostume #garden #mysteryart
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July 8th

Check out today's A+ Lesson from the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture featuring Mystery Art!

For more details: https://bit.ly/2O8CyQAToday’s A+ Lesson is for everyone! Learn how to expand your audience and show your work publicly. You can practice by creating art for Mystery Art at the Arts Council WF!

More: https://wichitafallsarts.org/a-plus-projects/lesson-plans-k-5/show-your-work-2/
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July 8th

Happiest of birthday wishes go out to the one that keeps us reaching for the stars and the one that keeps us grounded. 🥳 One being the CEO and the other our Bookkeeper/Data Manager... bet you can’t guess who is who!

We love you, Carol and Terri! 🎈
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July 7th

We still have openings available in a few of our upcoming camps and classes! If you're child is interested in art, this is a great opportunity to explore their creative side and develop their skills. All while being in a safe and clean environment.

For more information on each class and camp available, please visit artscouncilwf.org/education/kids.

*Our guests and students are top priority and we will take all precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe; including keeping class sizes limited, accommodating for all social distance guidelines, and disinfecting/sanitizing the classrooms and building. Masks are now required for all students ages 10 and up and for our teachers/staff.
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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center open 7 days a week, providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning:
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
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April 15th

SAVE THE DATE! 🗓
The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit homeandgardenwf.org.
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Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their profile picture.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival ... See MoreSee Less

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their cover photo.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center open 7 days a week, providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning:
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
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April 15th

We spy our one of our favorite’s on KFDX 3 Weather tonight, with a photograph in the background from the 2018 Cowboy True Photo Trail contest!

This photo was taken by Tracy Smith and a #funfact is that Tracy and Kevin Selle both have work featured in the Red River Photography Clubshow at the Kemp Center for the Arts right now!
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Cowboy True is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Cowboy True

April 10th

We are changing things up a little and bringing the ART out to YOU! If you’re out in the neighborhood, please come by and take a look at our window gallery featuring artwork from the Cowboy True Kid’s Art Contest. ... See MoreSee Less

April 1st

Each year during Cowboy True, we exhibit artists who represent the "Cowboy True" way of life. We've extended this opportunity to our local youth and recently held an art contest, where young artists could reflect on what "Cowboy True" means to them.

We want to send our congratulations to the top three winners in each age category (Ages 4-8, Ages 9-12, Ages 13-16) and give you a preview of their work! This contest is sponsored by the great folks at Capital Farm Credit in Wichita Falls and they are awarding $100, $50 and $25 to each First, Second and Third place.

Stay tuned for more previews and info about Cowboy True and be sure to check out the Kid's Art Contest display during the event, July 31-August 1!
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